Meeting Responsibilities
Tuesday 19th December, 2017
Chairman - Mr Claus
Sergeant - Rudolf
Greeter and Invocation - The Elves
Disbursement of Funds
  • Joint project with Rotary Clubs of Alfredton and Ballarat East to produce a motorised wheelchair
  • Pinarc for Barista training
  • Scotsburn Bushfire Relief
  • Interplast
  • Rotarians against Malaria.
  • Donations in Kind District 9780 and District 9800
  • Roof over dental van and dental laboratory in Vanuatu
  • Disaster Aid Australia
  • Donations to Youth Scholarships, Rypen and Aboriginal Nursing Scholarships
  • Cancer Research and the Leukaemia Foundation
  • Ballarat Secondary College breakfast club
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Through the funding provided by RD9780 and ANZCA, in October 2017, Interplast welcomed Indonesian anaesthetic registrars Dr Rizki Subing and Dr Arinanda Hayu for their month-long training placement based in Ballarat in regional Victoria from the 8 Oct -10 Nov 2017. ANZCA kindly provided funding to support their attendance at the 2017 ASA NSC, and RD9780 supported their placement in Ballarat.
Rizki & Arinanda with Dr John Oswald at the ASA NSC in Perth
This latest Pacific Island dental project could be described under the Boring but Important category!”
Boring because the major aim was not to build infrastructure or to relieve pain and suffering (although we saw 50 patients to do just that) but rather to initiate major changes in oral health delivery for this nation in the future. And for this to happen there first needs to be a National Oral Health Survey of Vanuatu. 
However the visit itself was anything but boring and we had a great time with a committed and enthusiastic volunteer team . Vanuatu is an amazing country to visit and its people are so friendly, welcoming and appreciative of help and live in a beautiful and pristine environment

THE ambulance surged along the main street of Nuku’alofa in Tonga, sirens blasting, heading for the Vaiola Hospital. I had collapsed following a mismatch of medication, exercise and hot weather. I was recovering as the ambulance filtered through the crowded streets, but welcomed eventual arrival at the Vaiola Hospital Emergency department. 

It was early June 2017. I was in Tonga with RN John Macdonald, the International Health Project Officer at St John of God Hospital, Ballarat to review the hospital after nearly 25 years of the twinning program that John and I had set up between St John of God Hospital and Vaiola Hospital in Tonga 


Donations in Kind (DIK) an activity of Rotary Australia World Community Service Limited (RAWCS) grew out of the compassion and concern of returning overseas volunteers. This recycling and reuse program, focussing on health & education involves the collection, sorting, packing, dispatch and distribution of donated items to countries in need of these goods. 
Many goods and products, for which organisations in Australia have no further use, are valuable commodities in needy countries overseas and in some regions within Australia.
The West Footscray Depot recently forwarded their 500th container over the first 16 years of this century. It was a medical containier to Timor Leste.  Our president and previous chairman of RAWCS was present to see it shipped out.
One of the problems of delivering aid to developing countries is a lack of skilled Maintenance. Good equipment is given, but may not be installed, or if installed by aid agencies, then simple repairs may not happen, and the equipment, and all the effort and expense to get the equipment to the deserving country, is wasted.
However, The Rotary Club of Ballarat West and the Dental Department of the Tongan Ministry of Health have worked together to solve this problem. A one month refresher course on dental equipment maintenance and repairs was arranged by Tonga CDO Dr 'Amanaki Fakakovikaitau.  This is a continuation of a well established dental equipment training and installations program which dates back to 2001 between Mr Sioeli Manu and Australian dental equipment engineers Peter Copp and Cale Ziola as Rotary volunteers.
Rotary Club of Ballarat West – Creating Smiles in Vanuatu!!
Members of the Rotary club of Ballarat West have provided a new Dental Prosthetics service for Vanuatu all the way through from concept to completion by
  • Identifying a need for this service on  visits by Rotary dental volunteers in Vanuatu
  • Designing a dental laboratory. capable of providing a comprehensive removable denture service
  • Providing by donations a full range of specialist prosthetic equipment and supplies
  • Taking a new shipping container, air-conditioning it and installing fitted cabinetry, lighting, specialist electrical wiring and plumbing and quick release air and gas fittings
John Richmond and Barry Bedggood offer another lot of wines
Ballarat West Rotary Club turns Wine into Coffee!
The Rotary Club of Ballarat West recently held a very successful Wine Auction at the Ballaarat Yacht Club on Lake Wendouree. John Richmond and Barry Bedggood led spirited bidding throughout the night.
Over $8000 was raised on the night.  The proceeds will be put to good use by local disability action group Pinarc who will apply the funds towards the purchase of a coffee van.
This Coffee Van will then be used by participants of Pinarc's barista training in their Independent Living Skills Program. This popular program enables young people with disability to develop skills for transitioning from school to volunteer work or employment.
Most Rotarians are aware of the great work that Interplast does surgically, changing children’s lives with the exhibition of plastic surgical skills. But the truth is that by using these techniques to help develop our neighbour’s health system, not only are there opportunities for compassionate surgery, but real gains in the development of capacity follow. 
Following annual Interplast trips to Indonesia since the early 90's, the Anaesthetic Department of Ballarat Health Services has been working with the Anaesthetic department of Dr Soetomo Hospital in Surabaya, Indonesia, to provide an annual four-week program of Continual Professional Development of two of their most senior registrars each year since 2004
The Installation of a reticulated hospital suction system into Vanuatu Central Hospital
A project of the Rotary Club of Ballarat West.
In 2014, Ballarat Health Services was expanding. The Hospital Suction generator which had been installed only in 2004, and which provided reticulated suction throughout the hospital, was no longer large enough to service the new hospital.
The hospital purchased new equipment, and offered this very large system, which was hardly run-in, to the Rotary Club of Ballarat West

Congratulations to our own Lidia Aitken on being presented with the Mayor’s Award for Ballarat Senior Citizen of the Year.                                                                                         Lidia was honoured with her award on the 28th of September at a special presentation in the Town Hall.
She said she was ‘gob smacked’ when her name was read out, believing there were other more worthy recipients on the list.
“I just never, ever expected it,” she said softly.
A Dental team form the Rotary Club of Ballarat West, D9780 presented a Pantomime promoting dental health in schoolchildren in Vanuatu. They visited 16 kinder-gardens and junior schools in this Pacific Island which is only four and a half hours flight time from Melbourne,  and thrilled these young children with a visual presentation of how easy it can be to look after your own oral health, and the terrible things that might happen if you don't clean your teeth!  Aarrgghhh!
A modified shipping container has been converted into a modern Dental Prosthetics Laboratory by Rotarians in Ballarat and shipped to Port Vila in April 2016.
The container was  fully stocked with new equipment and supplies, and is now permanently sited next to a dental clinic where it will be used to provide a charitable removable denture service for disadvantaged edentulous Ni-Van people.  
The new laboratory, as it is adjacent to the PCV eye clinic which makes spectacles, will also be useful for optical work!
Our club has recently hosted a student as part of “Watch and Learn Internship for Business Students” from Irkutsk, Russia. We offered such a placement to Violetta Makarova for the duration of a little over five weeks from June 28th to July 30th  2016.
We were able give Violetta exposure to the richness of the City of Ballarat and surrounds, its early history and culture.
She spent two-week placement at Sovereign Hill in the Marketing Department where she was a part of the Christmas in July program, dressed in period costume interacting with Visitors to the Park.
A Twenty Five Year History of Student exchange with Sonora USA
It has been twenty-five years since The Rotary club of Ballarat West had here first short term student from Sonora USA.
It all began when the club received a letter from Richard Rohrbacher, the president of The Rotary club of Sonora Sunrise who had researched clubs all over the world looking for a club with a similar background. He, a historian was able to find both clubs were charted in the same year 1986 and both had a history of gold mining in the 1800’s. 
A Senior Tongan dentist (Dr Susistina Piukala) has spent a month on a dental education attachment with the Rotary Club of Ballarat West. This visit was sponsored and facilitate by the Rotary Clubs of Ballarat West & Nuku’alofa: it is part of a twinning program set up between the Dental Department of the Vaiola Hospital, Tonga, and Dr David Goldsmith, a member of the Rotary Club of Ballarat West D9780.  (RAWCS Tonga Dental project 144/2005-6: November 8th to December 4th 2015)
We were able to put together an interesting blend of professional clinical work, discussions with experts in a wide variety of dental subjects whilst combining this with an enjoyable social program. Dr Piukala is a Senior Dental Officer in the Kingdom of Tonga.
As Dr Piukala (Susi) did not have registration with the Australian Dental Board she was not permitted to carry out clinical treatment on patients in Australia. However she was able to closely assist in many clinical operations, observe a wide range of dental procedures and do hands on technical dental prosthetic work.
The exchange allowed Susi to make many important contacts offering opportunities for sustainable dental projects in the future. As Susi’s surgeon husband, Saia Piukala, is the Tongan Minister of Health and a Member of Parliament, this might well be a very significant exchange.
The Fiji University RAWCS Dental Caravan donated by the Rotary Club of Ballarat West has received a new set of murals courtesy of Colgate Fiji.
The caravan donated in 2013 is used by the University to provide free dental treatment in rural areas of Fiji and to train students in their Bachelor of Oral Health degree.
The Ballarat Base Hospital has moved its dental department from the Ballarat Base Hospital to a completely new 20 
chair facility in Sebastopol.
None of the old equipment went into the new facility
DHSV and BHS generously offered all of the fittings and most of the dental equipment to Ballarat West Rotary club 
to reuse. Expressions of interest for various items of this equipment have been received from dental departments in the Solomon Islands, Fiji and 
Vanuatu for this equipment.  The total value of all this equipment, fixtures and fittings would be in excess of $250,000.
Ballarat Health Services has very generously donated a retired hospital suction system (via the Rotary Club of Ballarat West) to the Port Vila Hospital.  The system was surplus to the hospital needs as it has expanded its size recently, with the suction system (installed in 2004) needing to be replaced with a larger system
The club has been working DIK (Geelong) and with members of the Vanuatu Health Resource Mechanism, an Australian Government program to supervise aid Australia directs towards Vanuatu
The Rotary Club of Ballarat West has just notched up a major mile stone with its Murray to Moyne Bike Ride team. It has now raised over $100,000 over thirteen years,  a tribute to its main driver, Rtn. Wayne Cooper. The club at its recent change over dinner recognized Wayne's role in this and in other endeavours such as his ongoing contribution  to the Sonora Exchange and to fundraising by awarding a Paul Harris Fellowship in his name. To see the report of this year's ride ...
On 17th February 2015 Dr. Margaret Carswell of ACU and Teaching Students; Jessica Arceri, Haylee Fithall, Laura Maconachie and Jessica Thewlis were welcomed to The Rotary Club of Ballarat West meeting.
The four students were each recipients of a Bursary granted by the Rotary Club of Ballarat West to assist with accommodation and other expenses incurred during  pre-service placements in rural schools.
Each student presented a written report on and spoke to the club about her individual experience and the contribution the bursary to this.
The Rotary Club of Ballarat West, in conjunction with RAWCS and a number of other Rotary Clubs in District 9780 has continued to develop dental initiatives for our neighbouring Pacific Island neighbours
This year three major dental initiatives have been concluded, driven and executed by member dentist Dr David Goldsmith PHF. The Tongan program was begun in 1996, and has been followed up with annual supporting visits since.
A major dental audit of 7 year old children, over15 years has been completed to confirm major progress in management of dental disease in Tonga.
Two dental vans (in addition to the van used in the audit in Tonga) have been delivered to Vanuatu and to Fiji this year. Both vans have been fully refurbished, and were packed to the hilt with other dental equipment for the respective communities.

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Member Birthdays:
  • Jack Engwerda
    January 1
  • Barry Gladman
    January 28
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Margot
    January 9
  • Anne Fraser
    Colin Fraser
    January 1
  • Colin Fraser
    Anne Fraser
    January 10
  • Barry Bedggood
    January 18
Join Date:
  • Sue Simmonds
    January 1, 2006
    12 years
  • Wayne Cooper
    January 6, 1996
    22 years
  • Joy Taylor
    January 25, 1993
    25 years
  • Garry Harrowfield
    January 31, 1989
    29 years
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